Sunday, October 27, 2013

Ciao Mumbai

We are so excited to have Deborah Dell'Ariccia as one of the five current participants of Gabriel Project Mumbai -Entwine Global Jewish Service Corps volunteering with underprivileged children in the slums of Mumbai. Born and raised in Rome, Italy, Deborah attended the local Jewish school and became involved with the Hashomer Hatzair youth movement in the city. After high school, Deborah spent a year on a kibbutz and dedicated her time to social justice causes in Israel. The year in Israel was a life-changing learning experience for Deborah who received training in education and leadership while being sensitized to social justice issues. During this time, she worked closely with the Bedouin community.
Deborah returned to Rome and became an integral part of the Jewish community’ Educational staff as a Youth Director for two years. She has worked across Europe on informal Jewish Education programming. Deborah has helped facilitate a broad range of programs including the 2007 Maccabi Games in Rome, European Adrachà seminaries and local synagogue activities in Italy.

After making Aliya in 2007, Deborah continued her studies at Beit Berl in Informal Education and Social Science and participated in the academic course "Education and Social Changes” where she volunteered in a variety of organizations, all focussing on children The breadth of her knowledge and teaching experience is an amazing asset to the group of volunteers currently working with underprivileged children in the slums of Mumbai.

One of the social organizations that Deborah has been active is ‘Mesila’ that supports Sudanese and other refugees in Israel. She has implemented awareness and neighborhood programs that bring the Israeli and refugee communities together as well as: coordinated creative and educational activities for foreign children, worked on leadership and group development with a group of elderly North-African Jewish women at Community Center ‘Beit Dani’ and received a scholarship through "Shahak Project" where she was responsible for creative and recreational activities at an emergency center for abused children.

It is fitting that Deborah, a certified Yoga instructor, declares that her main driving force in life is “to empower people in seeing the strength they have within.”

“I am really happy that I am able to join GPM , an organized social service program I India, helping the most marginalized children in the slums. I am excited to be able to use GPM as a springboard to better understand Indian culture. I have a lot of experience and training working with different demographics of children and I am eager to apply my training at GPM.”

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